Where to Wellness Holiday in 2019: Your 12 Month GuideBy Gemma Perlin
Follow your every wellness whim in 2019 with a year’s worth of inspiration and motivation to indulge in health-enhancing wellness experiences around the world. From hiking retreats in France to summer fitness breaks in Ibiza, here’s the best wellness holiday destinations for 2019, so you can make this the year to nourish your mind, body and soul.
The Run-Down: A new year doesn’t always have to mean a ‘new’ you, but it’s healthy and wholesome to give your body a much needed reset at the start of the year. Give your body the A-list treatment it deserves with state-of-the-art tests, analysis’ and treatments at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Detox. Utilising the latest technology, in addition to lymph and full body massages that intensify the cleansing process, your body will feel fresher and totally rejuvenated.
Price: 7 nights at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz from £7,385pp or £8,160 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return transfers.
The Run-Down: With the Christmas festivities a distant memory and the warm glow of summer still a mere speck on the horizon ahead, if there ever was a time to get away, February would be it. A short month with even shorter days, use your time wisely with an invigorating healing trip to Bali. Utilising century-old Balinese traditions, spiritual priest rituals and powerful mantra massages, your body will be coerced into releasing any stored tension and your energy levels will rebalance. The combination of treatments, therapies and medicine will allow you to go home nourished both inside and out.
Price: 7 nights at Svarga Loka from £2,450pp or £3,065 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers
The Run-Down: If January is the month of making resolutions, then March is the month of celebrating them. Take a break from all your hard work and head east to discover India. Explore the beauty and diversity of this culturally rich and vibrant country. Get lost in all its captivating charm; from the mixture of exotic sights, hypnotic sounds of mantra chanting and the trail of sandalwood incense lightly filling up your senses. Embark on a wellness adventure that brings you up close with thousands of years of cultural traditions and history. Abundant in temples, meditation centres, yoga ashrams and retreats, India promises to satisfy your well-being needs.
Price: 12 days at Pravassa India from £3,845pp or £4,830 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, breakfast, programme inclusions and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Springtime in Europe has officially arrived and for happy heliophiles that means no longer succumbing to jet lag and long-haul flights to get a fix of Vitamin D. It is also the perfect excuse (as if you need any) to head to the Canaries for some Pilates, body conditioning and full body TLC. This comprehensive wellness programme focuses on improving flexibility and strength to increase both awareness and enhance control of your entire body. With muscle evaluations, postural analysis and nutritious plant-based cuisine, transform yourself from the inside out under the warmth of the Spanish sun.
Price: 5 nights at Baobab Suites from £785pp or £1,375 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Push yourself to the limits on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Experience a full body transformation, alongside an important focus on the mind. Discover the great outdoors with a variety of fun fitness classes – from circuit training and boxing, to body sculpt and water activities. Learn to cook healthy meals from informative nutrition workshops, ensuring you can put your new nutritious lifestyle into practice when you return home. A revitalising dip in the heated salt water wool will help you unwind after an energetic day along with a full body massage for restoration and repair.
Price: 7 nights at The Body Camp from £1,250pp or £1,850 for single occupancy. Price includes full board.
The Run-Down: Take your summer journey to the serene woodland and mountain range or explore the hills and valleys in this nature haven in Portugal. Whether you’re an active traveller looking for a little more balance, or a dedicated yogi looking to deepen your practice, this Mindful Triathlon holiday in Portugal is sure to be a winner. Embracing 3 core tenets, be active amid the serene forests with a nature walk, learn mindfulness with chakra mediation, and find balance with activities such as yoga and Pilates. Finally, unwind by indulging with a restorative massage at the Sensorial Spa to leave you feeling deeply relaxed.
Price: 7 nights at Monchique from £685 or £1,070 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Are you sick of fly and flop holidays? Why not try something a bit more physically challenging and mentally stimulating with an exhilarating trip to the French Alps. Explore the dramatic mountains with a scenic hike or choose to find balance with outdoor yoga in the cool mountain air. An unmatched fitness retreat with a touch of luxury, fresh altitude, cosy accommodation and amenities like the garden jacuzzis assure to make your getaway a true retreat experience. Enjoy free time reading from the library to build your knowledge on various healthy practises that you can take home.
Price: 7 nights at Quintessence from £2,665pp or £2,580 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Long hot summers may be great for bronzed skin and picnics, but for insomniac’s world-over light mornings and stuffy bedrooms just add fuel to the sleepless fire. With over 70 disorders in existence, and approximately two-third of people in the UK reporting sleep problems, the Shanti Sleep programme seems to be exactly what the doctor ordered. Utilising ‘Yoga Nidra’ to ensure deep relaxation, you will also receive indulgent spa treatments, such as reflexology and ayurvedic massage to help reduce stress. Return home feeling well rested and infinitely more positive having finally had your 40 winks.
Price: 7 nights at Shanti Maurice from £3,955pp or £4,005 for single occupancy. Price includes half board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Euphoria Retreat is the perfect place to relax and redefine the relationship between your mind and body. Reinvent yourself through a wide range of rejuvenating spa treatments designed to help you achieve an enduring inner-balance. Enjoy their delightful cuisine which is not only delicious but also significantly boosts your metabolism and energy levels. Experience an authentic healing philosophy that draws inspiration from both Eastern and Western medicine. With complimentary spa treatments and health-boosting fitness classes, take a healing journey of transformation at this tranquil Greek retreat.
Price: 7 nights at Euphoria Retreat from £2,195pp or £2,520 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Trick O’ Treat yourself to the gift of good health in Halloween as you embark upon a journey to realising your full potential at Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey. Set in a secluded bay of the Milas province with panoramic views of the Aegean, this is an idyllic winter getaway to work on your wellness. Find vibrancy, radiancy and energy with a comprehensive and bespoke wellness programme designed to guide you on a road to health and happiness. With a host of rejuvenating spa treatments and exhilarating adventure tours, this is one holiday you won’t want to forget.
Price: 7 nights at Six Senses Kaplankaya from £2,485pp or £3,530 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Beat the winter blues in November and venture east to a world of palm-fringed beaches, cobalt waters and opulent palaces, for a bespoke yoga journey at The BARAI Spa. Realise the invaluable benefits of your yoga practice by reconnecting your body and soul, improving physical fitness, increasing flexibility, calming the mind and boosting immunity. Enjoy a private yoga lesson or selection of restorative treatments, all enhancing the development of your yoga practice. The result? A you that’s re-energised, renewed and ready to face life’s challenges.
Price: 7 nights at BARAI from £2,335pp or £3,420 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Take a time out from the traditional at Christmas as you restore your inner balance with a winter wellness trip to Amanpuri on the beautiful island of Phuket. A highly meditative and relaxing experience; embrace a bespoke immersion of the mind, body and soul under the guidance of a former Buddhist monk. As your mindfulness and awareness improve, notice how stresses dissipate, leaving you with clarity, direction and inner peace. With enchanting views of the Andaman Sea and breath-taking pink sunsets, have yourself a merry little Christmas and swap white snow for white sand this winter.
Price: 7 nights at Amanpuri from £5,520pp or £7,900 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.